I’m back!

Ok, so I got a little side tracked the last year and a 1/2 doing this …

 

Our 1925 bungalow home in sunny St Pete, Fl before and after!

 

Now… I’ve got a new project in Lynchburg Va! Acquired this big ole’ 1907 Georgian revival home in the Historic Rivermont district last month.

 

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The renovation work is starting as well as the new adventures here in our grand old home. We had the pleasure of meeting out great neighbors and I invited them for dinner. I love any reason to throw a party and hey it has been a while since I got to bake something for us to enjoy. So here you go, a natural chocolate berry cake with chocolate cherry mousse filling. The cake is vegan, the mousse is so simple and delicious anyone can do it. I’ll drop the recipe below. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastical day!

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  1. In a chilled metal bowl, beat whipping cream on medium-high speed until it begins to thicken.
  2. Gradually add in the instant pudding mix and continue to beat, just until thick. If it gets too thick you can always add a little extra cream to smooth it out.
  3. If you’d like to add fruit filling, fold it into the cream after it’s thickened.

Makes enough for one 6 inch layer cake, about 6 servings.

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Happy Halloween treats and eats!

 Fall is upon us! Cupcakes, caramel apples and pumpkin cakes abound.   These ghost cupcakes were pretty simple to make. I just used a marshmallow style icing or 7 minute frosting as it’s commonly known and piped out some icing … Continue reading

Whipped cream cheese icing recipe!

whipped cream cheese icing

whipped cream cheese icing

I have been searching for a nice cream cheese icing recipe for ages now. After many trial and era baking bouts, I’ve finally come across a great combo. This will ice a dozen cupcakes and can be doubled for 2 dozen.

INGREDIENTS:
4 ounces of reduced-fat cream
cheese, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
DIRECTIONS:

1.Combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract in mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit the mixer with the whisk attachment and mix on medium speed until smooth. While the mixture is still whipping, slowly pour in the heavy cream. Stop and scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl a couple of times while you continue whipping until stiff peaks form.

Ice cakes and then enjoy!

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Squid party fun!

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Squid party time, EXCELLENT! So I had the pleasure of making marshmallow pops with a squid theme this week. They were tedious to assemble but so cute, how could I stay mad at them? I piped the chocolate from a squeeze bottle into a solid circle then had the arms sprout from there. I had to make them pretty thick since my 1st batch were a bit thin and they broke very quickly. I used the broken arms to top the party cupcakes for added squid magic!

 

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Recipe-Sea salt brownies from scratch

  sea salt brownies!

sea salt brownies!

Okay, so since the oven was already on from another order of Disney Frozen cupcakes, I figured what the heck. I really wanted something chocolatey and salty so I set out to bake some brownies from scratch. I have never made these before and I was feeling adventurous so I went for it. This is a modified recipe found on allrecipes.com. I figured adding the sea salt would satisfy my cravings and give the brownies an extra kick. They turned out pretty yummy. I hope you enjoy them and it’s really so easy! I doubt I’ll ever buy a box of brownie mix again.
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Brownie ingredients

Original recipe makes 16 brownies-
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

sprinkling of coarse sea salt to top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt to top

Reptile and Amphibian Party!

 

Chocolate cake with reptiles and amphibians!

Chocolate cake with reptiles and amphibians!

Yay, another fun cake theme! This reptile and amphibian party was super neat. They even had live creatures at the party! I used Oreo cookies to make the “dirt” and cut some fondant leaves and flowers. I found the cute little toy animals at the Dollar store and they worked perfectly to tie it all together. I had some scrap paper that was a grass print so I used some contact paper to adhere it to the cake board base.  It’s an easy solution to dress up a inexpensive cardboard base.  Also stops the grease stains from getting on the cardboard or paper base.  Well,  Happy Birthday Rhianna looks like you had a lot of fun!

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Gender reveal party!

This weekend was tons of fun! I had a great time creating these gender reveal cupcakes. I also felt pretty special since I was the only other person, besides Mum of course, who knew the outcome. Baby’s future big sister seemed to enjoy the icing the most. Congratulations to the happy family, it’s a boy!!Image

Puppy Cake!

 

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I love it when kids want a super fun animal cake! This little puppy was vanilla cake with strawberry cream filling and some Whopper candy detail. My client had left her last cake order on the roof of her car and drove away. I hope a sweet homeless person found it and enjoyed themselves somewhere on the side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. This one made it to the party safe and sound, thank goodness!

 

Mother’s day, peony floral cupcakes with peach frosting

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I love mascarpone!! I love flowers!! I made mascarpone icing and these pretty flower cupcakes as a treat for moms everywhere…but mostly for myself. I was hungry. I wanted them to look like peonies but the end result was a bit more rose-ish. That’s Okay though, either way I liked them and they were pretty tasty. 

Good for 6 cupcakes –

4oz mascarpone cheese

1/4 cup of confectioners sugar 

a few drops of peach extract

I blended it until it became a bit thick and crumbly. I wanted the edges to look more rough for a peony flower effect. The floral liners added a bit of sweetness. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!! We moms deserve more then a day, I think we should have Mother’s week. I need a vacation 🙂 

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